New Automated Medical Acupuncture Provides Muscle Comfort

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At age 31, Jerry Zaslow sustained a lower back injury resulting in back and leg pain. Instead of resorting to surgery, Jerry regained function through innovative Automated Medical Acupuncture known as Electrical Twitch Obtaining Intramuscular Stimulation (ETOIMS). This innovative technique relieves soft tissue discomfort arising from muscles and connective tissue. ETOIMS deep muscle twitching mechanism relaxes tight muscles.

At age 31, Jerry Zaslow sustained a lower back injury that caused numbness in his left foot. Despite this injury and against the medical advice of multiple orthopedic surgeons, Zaslow completed fourteen marathons by age 64.

By then, progressive muscle pain and left foot numbness interfered with his running and made him seek medical help again. "I thought I'd need surgery so I could keep running. That's when a running buddy of mine asked if I'd tried acupuncture. My son-in-law, a former resident physician of Dr. Chu suggested that I make an appointment with her". He did. Fourteen years later, at age 79, he still remains physically active.

How does Zaslow keep going, disabled by back pain that would keep most people from exercising altogether? Electrical Twitch-Obtaining Intramuscular Stimulation ETOIMS, an automated acupuncture is the answer. Jennifer Chu, MD, is an Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Director of the Soft Tissue Comfort Center at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. She created this innovative technique primarily to relieve soft tissue discomfort arising from muscles and connective tissue. ETOIMS deep muscle twitching mechanism relaxes tight muscles.

Dr. Chu determined that Jerry Zaslow's chronic pain condition stemmed from nerve root irritation related to spinal stenosis and herniated discs. Often, irritated nerves signal muscles to shorten, resulting in muscle spasm, discomfort and disabilities. Unlike acupuncture that places needles along traditional "energy" lines or meridians to theoretically balance energies, Dr. Chu treats muscle spasms.

A monopolar needle-electrode that is automatically inserted, provides a 0.5s electrical pulse, which causes muscles to twitch. The twitch creates a deep focused stretching and relaxation of the muscle relieving muscle discomfort and tightness that gives back pain.

Zaslow, the President and CEO of a manufacturing and distribution company, claims temporary retirement from marathons, but not from being physically active. He works eleven-hour days, occasionally runs 1/2-1 block and trains aerobically on exercise equipment. While his objective is to return to long-distance running, Dr. Chu's objective is to maintain his physical activity.

Jerry Zaslow says, "I wouldn't be able to be this active without Dr. Chu. Long live ETOIMS".

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